DOWN & DIRTY ON THE STREET

As you travel the world for business (or pleasure) it’s always fun to experience the local culture through food. Now we aren’t talking fancy restaurants, rather food vendors on the street… and a McCafe doesn’t count!

And yes, I have taken into account cleanliness, so no one is getting sick on my watch!

Here are some of the world’s best, and this is by no means an exhaustive list.

Sfenj, Morocco
Think donuts crossed with a croissant – spongy, deep-fried pastry rings made of unsweetened, sticky yeast dough, with no milk or butter added. Perfect for a morning coffee.The best sfenj are prepared in hanout (closet-sized booths) in the medinas of Morocco’s biggest cities.
Cost – 10 cents each or $2.50 a kilo

Banh mi, Vietnam
I love the food in Vietnam – think French crossed with fresh Asian influences. A baguette grilled over coals – filled with meat, a touch of pâté, crunchy pickled vegetables and fresh herbs, and then add few drops of soy sauce or chilli. The sandwiches are sold almost exclusively from street stalls.
Cost – 90 cents

Currywurst, Germany
Think the perfect hangover food. A thick sausage cut into chunks and doused in curry flavoured ketchup/sauce. You can add chips or bread.
Cost – $3.00

Too many to pick just one, Singapore
Known as one of the cleanest places to eat street food, it also has some of the most varied options. Fish head curry, Hainanese chicken rice (a National dish), chilli crabs, satays. Try Lau Pa Sat for an old school experience.
Cost – from $2.00

Tacos, Mexico
Not just any tacos… but Tacos al pastor (a special in Mexico City) consists of marinated pork and pineapple and of course fresh salsa to accompany it.
Cost – $1.50

Special thanks to WTF reader Nick, for the topic idea!

HOLIDAY RUN

Sight see and stay fit… now there’s an idea! As the northern hemisphere plans their summer vacations, why not take another approach and think of including a destination run in there too. There is something for everyone’s taste and here are my top picks that may just get you motivated to pack your running shoes.

If drinking is your thing head towards California or Oregon and combine wine tasting with running through the vineyards – http://destinationraces.com

Want to take in some ruins then the Rome Marathon is perfect. Starting and finishing at the Colosseum, it goes past the Vatican City and through Piazza Navona. http://www.maratonadiroma.it

Give back to the local community and have a once in a lifetime experience – the beautiful Angkor Wat half marathon in Cambodia does just that. Proceeds go to the Cambodian children and disabled, while runners get to have this amazing temple all to themselves (and the children in local villages cheering you on is a special treat) http://www.angkormarathon.org

Head north for the Glitnir Reykjavik Marathon in Iceland. The northernmost capital in the world, has some of the cleanest air on earth, along with ideal running temperatures in August. But just watch your pre-race diet as don’t be surprised to come across unique menu options such as Hrútspungar (ram testicles), Svi (half a sheep’s head) and Hákarl (raw, putrefied Greenlandic shark). http://www.marathon.is/reykjavikurmaraton

Don’t expect to set any personal bests at the Great Wall Marathon due to the tough course. But what an amazing experience running on part of a wall that was over 6,000km long and was built in 7th Century BC! http://www.great-wall-marathon.com

And of course, it would be remiss of me not to include the New York Marathon. An iconic run that draws more than 100,000 applicants a year and 315 million worldwide television viewers. http://www.nycmarathon.org

Get running!

NUMBER ONE MUM’S!

Although dates vary around the world, this Sunday we celebrate “Mother’s Day” in Australia, USA, Singapore, Turkey, Philippines, Greece and Pakistan to name a few.

The modern holiday was first celebrated in the U.S. in 1907, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother. She then began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the US. Be careful what you wish for as although she was successful in 191, she was already disappointed with the days commercialization by the 1920s. She was so disenchanted that she actually became a major opponent of what the holiday had become and spent all her inheritance and the rest of her life fighting what she saw as an abuse of the celebration.

It is possible that the holiday would have withered over time without the support and continuous promotion of the florist industries and other commercial industries and is now expected to generate the second highest sales for a holiday weekend in the US.

The average Mother’s Day shopper is expected to spend as much as $152.52 on gifts, with 66 percent of shoppers buying flowers, 33 percent buying clothes and 54 percent dining out.

So to all the mum’s out there, enjoy your burnt toast and cup of tea in bed (if your children are allowed to make hot drinks).

And for everyone, remember to make your mum feel special on Sunday as you only get one.

WIRED WEDNESDAY – Snap Happy

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FREEZE FRAME! Always trying to take the best possible picture but end up using your phone as you can’t be bothered carrying around your “good camera” with the big lens? I am a convert to small, easy and tough!

Personally I am a fan (and owner) of the Casio Exilim EX-G1 camera.
Rated the best rugged compact camera , it is also acknowledged as the best waterproof camera in its class. In addition to this, it is shock resistant and freeze proof (great for ski holidays!) of course the colour is important too – it comes in army green, red and black.

Nikon Coolpix AW100
16 mega pixels means great quality shots in both daylight and dark environments. The Nikon is waterproof and shockproof too.

Canon D10
It has 18 different scene modes and numerous different special effects that can be used. It is a bit more clunky that the others, but still rates well for an all-round waterproof camera.

They are all perfect for taking photos to upload to Facebook. According to recent stats over 200 million photos are uploaded to Facebook per day, or around 6 billion per month. There are currently almost 100 billion photos total on Facebook. This means they are by far, the largest photos site on the Internet.